Health Risk Assessment
What is Health Risk Assessment?
An HRA is essentially a survey conducted jointly by our occupational health and safety professionals in the workplace to:
- Identify potential work-related hazards
- Assess the extent of occupational health risk from each hazard
- Identify potential health effects for each hazard
- Evaluate existing controls and their efficacy
- Recommend appropriate occupational health and safety control measures
The HRA is the foundation of all occupational health and safety programmes. It is based on prescripts of the Occupational Health and Safety Act No. 85 of 1993 and the Mines Health and Safety Act No. 29 of 1996.
HRAs assess occupational health risk exposure profiles (OREPs) for particular groups of workers by identifying and evaluating occupational health hazards in each workplace. The OREPs allow for the creation of a medical surveillance program by specifying the types and frequency of tests that should be performed. The HRA also includes recommendations on what the employer should do to:
- mitigate identified occupational health risks,
- promote health and safety in the workplace;
- monitor the health of employees, and;
- implement additional health and safety control measures.
Occupational health risk assessments conducted by our professional occupational health and safety team will enable you to:
- Understand your occupational health risks;
- Improve the health and safety programme;
- Develop of the medical surveillance programme, and:
- Improve your safety health promotion programme.